Nacho Rodríguez Bach. Asterisms
Houston Fine Art Fair 2014
Sept. 2014 – NGA Arena
Asterisms are imaginary figures drawn by connecting lines between stars, making constellations easier to spot. There are 88 constellations (36 in the northern hemisphere and 52 in the southern hemisphere) coincidentally, there are also 88 piano keys (36 black and 52 white). Asterismos explores this relationship by assigning each asterism to a piano key.
Astronomy and music are complementary since we can see the stars but not hear them and hear music but not see it. Realizing that both can be described using mathematics and thinking that the planets hummed as they orbit, Pythagoras linked them in the harmony of the spheres; an invisible logic behind all things. To this day, we are still looking for it in the form of an unified theory of everything.
Stephen Hawkins stated that philosophy is dead and that physics is the only way to fully understand the universe. Yet science generates certainties which still need to be interpreted. Like notes in a piano and stars in the sky, scientific facts have to be linked into conceptual frameworks and weaved into language, which develops by reinterpreting what is already there.
The power of abstraction is evident in the evolution of Cuneiform script from 1,000 forms, almost one for every word, to less than 400 before giving birth to the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets. All that we know can be described by combining just a couple dozen letters, in the same way that music, based on 12 tones, can be combined into endless melodies.
Asterisms as metaphor, could be used to describe the perception of joining things together into a new form, like a family. If neuronal networks can become conscience itself, then conscience can reinterpret and contextualize everything, its all laying there before us waiting to be understood. Its our imagination, rather than physics alone, that will see us through by rethinking our perceived limits. We should never stop making new music and drawing in the sky.